Ipanema

Surprising Rio

    Rio is an iconic city. We all know about Copacabana and Corcovado from the songs. We know about the favelas from movies like City of God. We feel like we must know the city before we go there because our preconceptions. I went to Rio for the first time in early December and…

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Extreme Brazil

I learned a saying when I was in Brazil–Bahia é o Brasil ao extremo (Bahia is Brazil to the extreme). I think it is true. Bahia is brasher, more colorful and more joyous than elsewhere. What you find in Bahia can be found elsewhere in Brazil, but it is more intense in Bahia. Bahia is…